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Editorial: Swimmer's slap on the wrist at OST (July 11, 2008)

When John Berrey questions your ethics, you know you are in trouble. After all, the chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma was more than willing to stand up for Steve Griles, whose train wreck of a tenure at the...

Editorial: Let Oglala Sioux Tribe decide fate of Badlands (July 11, 2008)

"The Badlands National Park's South Unit doesn't draw tourists the way the park's north section does. By a quirk of geography - the North Unit borders the interstate - and complex and controversial history, that section of the park doesn't...

Favorable review for '30 Days' on Navajo Nation (July 11, 2008)

The Farmington Daily Times asked members of the Navajo Nation what they thought about an episode of the cable television show "30 Days" in which host Morgan Spurlock spent a month on the reservation. All of the responses were...

BIA publishes final regulation on law and order (July 11, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs. published a final regulation in the Federal Register governing the Courts of Indian Offenses and Law and Order Code. The Courts of Indian Offenses administer justice for tribes that do not have their own tribal...

Mashantucket judge rejects tribal member petition (July 11, 2008)

A judge for the Mashantucket Tribal Nation of Connecticut rejected a petition filed by tribal member that sought to reverse $40 million in budget cuts. Upwards of 900 tribal members signed the petition. But Judge Thomas J. Londregan said it...

House Resources Committee markup on tribal bills (July 11, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a markup next Wednesday, July 16. The agenda lists two tribal bills. They are: • H.R. 2535: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility and suitability...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on Adam Walsh Act (July 11, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing on tribal implementation of the Adam Walsh Act on Thursday, July 17. The law, which was passed without tribal consultation, requires tribes to create a sex offender registry as part...

Griles due to be released from prison after 10 months (July 11, 2008)

Former Interior Department official J. Steven Griles is due to be released from federal prison after serving 10 months for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Griles admitted he lied to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee about his relationship...

High Country News: Taos Pueblo shares water (July 11, 2008)

"Indo-Hispanos have lived side-by-side with Taos Pueblo Indians since the early 1600s. Following the great Pueblo Revolt of 1680, they’ve mostly gotten along. Water, of course, cares nothing for jurisdictional boundaries or cultural differences. It follows its own course, flowing...

Chickasaw Nation revives historic theater (July 11, 2008)

The Chickasaw Nation has renovated a historic theater in Ada, Oklahoma. The McSwain Theater opened in July 1920. The tribe purchased it a few years ago for $206,000 and it has undergone a "multimillion-dollar renovation," The Oklahoman reports. The...

Cherokee professor to develop Freedmen history (July 11, 2008)

Stacy Leeds, a professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, will develop a comprehensive history of the Freedmen of the Cherokee Nation for a fellowship she was awarded by the Fletcher Foundation. Leeds, a tribal member, was a...

Hate crime reported at Nez Perce Tribe's camp (July 11, 2008)

Authorities in Idaho are investigating a suspected hate crime at a camp run by the Nez Perce Tribe. Four men in a truck drove to the remote Talmaks Presbyterian Camp and yelled racial slurs at the participants. "It was pretty...

Swimmer reviewing latest reports on OST ethics (July 11, 2008)

Special Trustee Ross Swimmer said he is reviewing the latest Inspector General investigation of his agency's top officials "to determine the appropriate course of action," The Washington Post reports. The investigation found that deputy special trustee Jeff Lords accepted gifts...

Letter: Take a stand against Cortina Band landfill (July 11, 2008)

"Up in the remote steep canyons of Colusa County, at the end of a dirt road, seems to be an odd place to dump mountains of urban garbage. Yet our neighbors, the Wintun-Cortina Band of Indians, entered into a...

Linda Grover: Native women held in high regard (July 11, 2008)

"The Ojibwe word for woman is “ikwe” (ih-KWAY); the word for girl is “kwesens” (kway-ZAYNSS). In Ojibwe, adding a vowel and “ns” to the end of a noun implies that it is small and precious. Kwesens is a small...

ICT interview with Homeland Security Secretary (July 11, 2008)

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff gave an interview to Indian Country Today after he met with Navajo, Ute, Hopi and Jicarilla Apache leaders on July 7. Chertoff discussed the Bush administration's border policy, which tribes say has...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe waiting on BIA amid dispute (July 11, 2008)

Who's in charge of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma? Rivals are claiming to be in control as they wait for a response from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Chief Paul Spicer says he remains the legitimate leader despite vowing...

Jodi Rave: Iroquois Nationals team makes semifinals (July 11, 2008)

"Oren Lyons is set to watch the country's most elite American Indian sports team play in the semifinals of the 2008 Under-19 World Lacrosse Championship on Thursday. The Iroquois Nationals, representing the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, are scheduled...

Kevin White: Opportunities for the next president (July 11, 2008)

"Given how little mainstream America understands its relationship with Indian nations, what can we expect from the presumptive presidential nominees? According to their Web sites, both are proponents of Native sovereignty, self-governance and self-determination. And each has unique interpretations of...